The cherry blossom tree, or Sakura, blooms for three weeks out of every year in the Spring. The three weeks vary slightly every year and are greatly affected by the weather. Many people feel that the trees represent the cycle of human life: Every year they bloom, fade away and bloom again the following spring. During this time, Tokyo hotels get very full so book in advance.
Michelin Stars and Luxury
After a beautiful day of sight-seeing, settling in for a gourmet meal will sound like a marvelous idea. At the 5-star Conrad Tokyo, you can choose between 2 different Michelin-starred restaurants on site. Afterwards, why not take dip in the indoor pool, enjoy a massage at the onsite spa, and then gaze out the windows at the entrancing views of the Tokyo skyline from your room?
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is located within walking distance of the Imperial Palace and its magnificent gardens. You can also get swift access to 4 different subway lines from this 5-star accommodation.
Fantastic Restaurants and Your Own Art Museum
When you book a stay the Hotel Okura Tokyo, you are reserving your time at a 5-star hotel with its own 2,000 piece art museum and 9 different restaurants as well as a tea ceremony room. Have an authentic taste of modern Japanese luxury at this centrally located hotel.
If you are looking to travel to Tokyo for the cherry blossoms, make your plans loose and tentative so that you can be sure to visit while the trees are in bloom. They do not all suddenly bloom on the same day, nor do they fade away on the same day, but the blooming will all take place around the same time. This is why flexible plans are the best so that you visit during the height of the blooming. Some Tokyo hotels charge cancellation fees, so look into this if you plan on having flexible plans.
There are many national parks in and around Tokyo that you can visit that have orchards of Sakura trees. Tokyo Ueno-onshi-koen Park is located 5 minutes from Tokyo’s main train station. This is an extremely popular park and can get very crowded. Get here early to beat the crowds and get some pictures of the beautiful blooms.
Chidori-ga-fuchi is very close to the Imperial Palace and is another popular Tokyo cherry blossom viewing spot. This park has a little river running through it which means you can rent a small kayak or paddle boat and see the trees from a unique perspective. As the blooms start to fall and fade away, it will start to look like it is snowing all around you, though the temperatures are warm and you are boating on the water.
Koishikawa Botanical Gardens are one of Tokyo’s botanical research gardens. This means there are many various kinds of plants here, including the cherry blossoms. Even though this is a research facility, it is open to the public.
If you want to take a day trip you can see some of the more of Japan’s cherry blossom locations. These are accessible by a 2 hour (more or less depending on where you go) trip by train or plane. Other more remote places offer the same beautiful cherry blossom scenery as Toyko, but they are more remote and less crowded.
Of course, the most popular place in the country to see the cherry blossoms is Mt. Fuji. The iconic mountain creates a dramatic backdrop to the cherry trees and makes for breathtaking picture opportunities. It is also convenient to reach from many Tokyo hotels, requiring only a 2-hour train ride from Shinjuku Station.
When you go to visit the trees, pack a picnic lunch with you and spend the day enjoying their brilliant, and brief blooms. It will be an experience you never forget.